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Dance Australia August-September 2018

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2 min.
a broad education

I S it important for a dance student to take choreography as a subject, even if they have no ambition to be a choreographer? There a few reasons why I would answer “yes” to this question. For starters, it is commonplace for dancers to be asked to contribute to the creative process when making new work with a choreographer. And those who teach – in any capacity – will almost certainly choreograph, whether it be class work or a piece for students to perform. Recently, however, I came across a new perspective to add to those two. At the time of writing this editorial, I had just seen West Australian Ballet’s “Genesis”, a regular season in which the company’s dancers try their hands at choreography. After the performance there was a Q&A…

1 min.
qld ballet to melbourne

MELBOURNE audiences will soon experience the enchantment of the Queensland Ballet when it tours to Melbourne in October. The company is presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Her Majesty’s Theatre from October 3 with eight performances over five days. Brought to life by one of the most sought-after choreographers working today, Liam Scarlett, Midsummer’s is replete with enchanted forests, forest sprites, elves and fairies, an other-worldly changeling boy and quirky explorers hunting fairies. It is a co-production with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. “We just know it will become a favourite of Melbourne audiences,” says Artistic Director Li Cunxin.…

1 min.
rad pops up

THE Royal Academy of Dance is holding a “pop up” event in Sydney in September, with plans to bring the dance floor outside and give the public a taste of its latest initiatives – and a chance to have a go themselves! With ballet demonstrations for the over 55s, performances from young RAD dancers and open ballet classes for boys, there will be something for all. The pop-up event will be the official launch of Silver Swans , branded ballet classes for the over-55s to help improve mobility, posture, coordination and energy levels and impart the sense of well-being that dance brings. Also on display will be the Academy’s latest classical ballet program, Discovering Repertoire, with variations performed by local RAD students. This new performance-inspired program gives students the opportunity to dance…

1 min.
classical and contemporary combine

WEST Australian Ballet (WAB) has announced a collaboration with WA contemporary dance company Co3, and Artistic Director/ choreographer of Australian Dance Theatre, Garry Stewart, for a new work for its annual “Ballet at the Quarry” in 2019. Stewart will create a work on dancers from both companies. Artistic Director of WAB, Aurélien Scannella, says the work “will challenge the expectations of both the audience and dancers as well as celebrate the heritage and technique of both classical and contemporary dance”. WAB has performed at the Quarry Amphitheatre in City Beach for over 25 years, and the sell-out season is a cornerstone of Perth Festival.…

1 min.
forsy the/morris melbourne coup!

THIS year’s Melbourne International Arts Festival has scored a dance coup – with two of the world’s biggest names in contemporary dance. The line-up will feature US choreographer William Forsythe’s “A Quiet Evening of Dance” as well as compatriot Mark Morris in a partnership with one of the world’s most famous musicians, Yo-Yo Ma, with Layla and Majnun. “A Quiet Evening of Dance” is a suite of Forsythe’s recent work that showcases the depth and breadth of his practice. Layla and Majnun is a spectacular Azerbaijani dance opera collaboration between Mark Morris and Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble, a musical group he founded. Central to the work are Azerbaijani mugham vocalists, Alim Qasimov and his daughter and protégée Fargana Qasimova, who have rockstar status, including a UNESCO Music Prize, one of the most prestigious international…

1 min.
web highlights

1 REGISTRATIONS OPEN Sydney’s competitive dance festival, Sharp Short Dance, is back to unearth the country’s best young dancers and choreographers and will be held at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, from November 13 to 17. Registrations close October 18. www.danceaustralia.com.au/news/sharp-short-dance-returns 2 SEE THAT DOLL! The Australian Ballet has announced that it will be taking Coppélia on its regional tour, starting in Horsham on July 18 and finishing in Darwin on August 23 and 24. www.danceaustralia.com.au/news/australian-balletregional-tour-announced. 3 RISING STAR: JOSH GREEN In a relatively short space of time young dancer Josh Green has burst onto the international ballet competition scene, writes Catherine Paine. Two things make Josh different from most of his competitors... www.danceaustralia.com.au/artists/rising-stars-josh-green…